(Updated) Experts baffled by porpoise tail found on Cleethorpes beach
WILDLIFE experts are baffled as to how the tail of what they believe to be a harbour porpoise ended up on Cleethorpes beach.
Harbour porpoises, belonging to the whale species, are the most frequent kind seen off the Lincolnshire coast.
But how its tail, pictured by a Grimsby Telegraph reader, came to be separated from its body remains a mystery.
Rachel Shaw from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said: "It is really difficult to say what happened to the creature.
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"The detachment of the tail from the rest of the body may have happened after its death rather than being a cause of its death.
"Other species will feed on carcasses at sea, which could cause the tail to separate, or it could have happened at its death. There are various threats to harbour porpoise, including entanglement in fishing nets, chemical and noise pollution, hunting, boat traffic and lack of food."
It comes less than a week after about 4,000 starfish washed up on Cleethorpes beach, close to the Humberston Fitties.
It is one of a number of weird and wonderful visitors washed up on our shores.
Farm animals, bombs, the wing of an aircraft, two Second World War mines and a cannon ball are among the reported items.
New pictures have been submitted revealing the rest of the porpoise's remains. The tail apparently became separated after the creature has been washed up.